The G7 environment summit ended today in Bologna with the unanimous signing of a final declaration from all the participants. The United States however, as happened at the close of the G7 Energy Summit, took a different stance. In this case, the country added an annotation regarding its non acceptance on the part of the declaration dealing with climate change and the multilateral development banks. The G7 environment summit, which sees the representatives of Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, France, United States and Canada, along with guest countries Chile, Ethiopia, Maldives and Rwanda, gathered in Bologna to discuss the main issues regarding the fight against pollution and the defence of environmental sustainability.
Climate change among the highest priorities
The final G7 Environment document, 15 pages in total, open with the agenda for 2030 regarding the sustainable development, followed by the paragraph on climate change where the US stress, once again, that despite firmly adhering to the announced position, the country will work nonetheless to cutting its greenhouse gas emission but following its own initiatives, outside of the Paris Agreement. Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti commented saying: "it could have been a G7 of rupture and instead it was the G7 of dialogue, and this final unanimous declaration is proof". A less enthusiastic reaction came from Brussels: “The UE is saddened by the announcement by President Trump regarding the Paris agreement and the fact that US will not e be a part of the climate agreement with us. The EU will nor renegotiate the Paris agreement, we are the major promoters of a reduction in emissions (-24% together with a +50% economic growth), we are determined to carry out the agreement quickly and efficiently”, stated Kermenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment.
United States, brief appearance
The attendance at the G7 of US EPA Environment Agency Director Scott Pruitt, nominated by Donald Trump and criticized by environmentalists, only lasted a morning. The US minister participated in the first session of the summit, dedicated to climate, the very topic that shows the most divergence between the Trump administration and the other G7 governments. He left Bologna that afternoon for a scheduled meeting with the American president.
Eni-UniBologna, energy research and development agreement
Many the events and agreements on the side-lines of the Bologna G7. In particular, a three-year agreement, covering research, training and development related to energy issues, was signed for a commitment of 5 million euros between Eni's CEO, Claudio Descalzi, and the Rector of Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Francesco Ubertini. Collaboration will focus on the university's areas of excellence that can support Eni's technological development: Security, Safety, Energy Transition, Renewable Energy, Support to Operational Excellence and Industrial Systems. "The Framework Agreement with the University of Bologna reiterates Eni's strategy of creating alliances with top Italian universities - commented Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi - The three-year agreement just signed will enable Eni to access an extraordinary pool of expertise in an area fundamental to us, as well as direct cooperation towards technologies in support of energy transition, environmental protection and re-use of our industrial sites."